Adventures in Food & Love!
About the food…I am a self-proclaimed “foodie”, though I admit, that’s not my favorite word. I lived in Dallas for 20 years and there was no short of culinary goodies around every corner. In 2005 I moved to a small East Texas town. Grocery chains that smelled of fish bordering on the unsavory and the every present Walmart. No Whole Foods, no Central Market, no organic selections to be had (this has since changed….slightly). In other words, no place to hang my taste buds.
It was a sad state of affairs. East Texans have probably tried frying shoe leather at one time or another. So if I wanted the flavors and creativity in food that I craved, I would have to figure it out myself. I have always loved to cook. In my 20s I loved it more than I was actually good at it. I would get super creative, not having a clue what I was doing, and just as often as not the trash can ate dinner and I called Dominoes. But I became better with age, much like the wine I so dearly love and drink enthusiastically. But I digress…Cooking, yes, got better with age. With the addition of food channels on cable, I became huge fans of shows like Chopped and Kitchen Nightmares, where I first fell in love with my culinary hero, Gordon Ramsay. I also started using foodnetwork.com to find foods I loved and made them. More and more I branched out on my own. I still rely heavily on the internet but I find myself thinking of something and wondering “is that a thing?” and google it and bubble over in exuberance to find out MY THING IS A THING! It’s the little confidence boosters that keep us fledgling food lovers going. Like many others I’m sure, I would love to devote full time to food but alas, we all need to buy things like Chinese five spice, olive oil (lots and lots of olive oil), BUTTER, mandolins, kitchen aid attachments and so on. So I must work. I am, however, in a fortunate position right now to only have to work 3 days a week. Which leads to the love portion of our program.
I do not have an awesome history with relationships. Why not just be honest? Some of it has been circumstance, some has been not great choices on my part and some of it has been completely out of my control. After my second (and very painful) divorce, I had not closed myself to love but definitely to marriage. And there she was. Yep. I said “she”. Who knew?? I’m sure I will release little bits of history now and again but in an effort to spare time and white space, I will just say I am happier than I have ever been and she makes me a better person. I never knew life could be this beautiful. We’re both hospice nurses. She also has a night private sitting job which is what affords me the ability to work part time. Less chores for her, more domestic bliss for me…it’s a WIN/WIN! Except for the fact we’ve both put on some unsightly poundage so I’ve had to cut back my calorie laden experimenting to weekends and pour creativity into things like fennel/celery slaw with lime vinaigrette (it’s a THING!).
I started posting pictures of my cookery on Facebook and have been very encouraged by family and friends to start a blog, so here I am! I’m new to this so cut me some slack. If I violate any blog etiquette, feel free to enlighten me. I’m all about giving credit where credit is due and I’m pretty sure as long as I give credit to “who” I’m cooking, we should be good, am I right? Also, totally as an aside, you may notice I’m a big fan of the ellipsis. I haven’t found a good support group for that yet so my apologies in advance. A special shout out to Cookie and Kate’s article on How to Start a Blog!
Happy reading, joyous cooking and spread the love!